Collaboration is king at Cloud Foundry Summit EU

Cloud Foundry Summit Sam RamjiWhen businesses collaborate on open technology projects, everyone wins. That was the prevailing message throughout the Cloud Foundry Summit in Frankfurt, Germany.

Operators, developers, users and cloud providers gathered to share best practices and reflect on the state of this growing community. In the two years since the Cloud Foundry Foundation was launched, the community has grown tremendously, as these highlights show:

  • More than 31,000 code commits
  • 2,400-plus code contributors
  • More than 130 core contributors
  • 65 member companies
  • 17 new member companies in 2016
  • 195 user groups
  • 53,050 individuals
  • Contributors from 132 cities

Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji called open source collaboration “a positive-sum game,” meaning that just by participating, members inherently benefit. “The more people who play, the more we win,” he said. “The more you give, the more that is available to everyone.”

Ramji also said that this is “the beginning of a 20-year revolution around what cloud platforms can be.”

It’s ultimately up to the community and its wide stakeholder base to ensure that the revolution is a productive one.

IBM Bluemix continues to grow

IBM offers the world’s largest Cloud Foundry environment with its IBM Bluemix platform. It was on full display during the conference in breakout sessions and even on the mainstage.

Michael “dr.max” Maximilien, a scientist, architect and engineer with the IBM Bluemix team, joined Simon Moser, an IBM senior technical staff member, during the opening keynote to provide an overview of some of the lessons they’ve learned from working in a Cloud Foundry environment.

The conversation continued with a number of breakout sessions highlighting the emergence of serverless technology in general, particularly OpenWhisk, an IBM open-source, serverless offering. Maximilien told the crowd in his breakout session that OpenWhisk is a continuation of the IBM tradition of launching exciting, new open tech projects.

“We want to help lead the serverless movement,” he said. “Think of OpenWhisk as a push in that direction.”

Kim Bannerman, who leads the Technical Advocacy and Community team inside the Office of the CTO at IBM Blue Box, hosted a panel on serverless technology that featured Ruben Orduz and Tyler Britten, both technical advocates for IBM Blue Box, along with Casey West and Kenny Bastani of Pivotal.

It was clear that we’re still in early days for this technology, as much of the conversation revolved around the question, “What is serverless?” It will be some time before we start to see real-world use cases and more enterprises adopting it. Still, its potential is clear.

A few of the highlights from that session:

Closing the gender gap

One noteworthy topic strung throughout the conference was the gender gap across the IT profession. While the industry is doing a better job of welcoming women into what’s been a traditionally male-dominated sector, there’s still a long way to go in hiring more female developers, ensuring equal pay and seeing more women at the executive level.

On Wednesday, Ursula Morgenstern, global head of consulting and systems integration at Atos, took to the mainstage to deliver a hopeful message that cloud computing could represent the catalyst that brings more women into the field.

Later that day, IBM sponsored a diversity luncheon, which brought together Cloud Foundry community members to discuss issues and potential solutions for advocating for a more inclusive IT industry.

Moving forward

As the Cloud Foundry community looks toward the future, three of its leaders— Jason McGee, VP and CTO of IBM Cloud Platform; Duncan Johnston-Watt, CEO of Cloudsoft, and Stormy Peters, VP of Developer Relations at Cloud Foundry—explained what members must do to advance the cause and promote more interoperability and cooperation between foundations.

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